. >> welcome to "this week in defense news" president obama will romaine the commander in chief for another four years, but before he's sworn in again in january, he has to work with the republican house, and the democratic senate to avert the threat of sequestration. absent a deficit reduction deal by the end of the year, more than $1 trillion in cuts would be triggered across the government, half would hit the pentagon that's just starting to implement $500 billion in cuts over the coming decade. here to talk about sequestration, new players in congress and the administration is our expert roundtable with rick maze, the editor of the military times up in, macker mackenzie eagin, and gordon adams who served in the clinton white house. guys, welcome back, and thanks for joining us. mackenzie, let's start with you, we have the sam problems, occasion of characters, president obama in the debate was adamant that sequestration wouldn't happen. can he strike a deal this time? and having seriously committed themselves to stymying the agenda, the day after being elected the nice time.